The Care and Keeping of Grandmas (Hardcover)
The Care & Keeping of Grandmas is a cute book with more pictures than words.
The story is definitely aimed at pre-school-aged children (and younger), as it is very simple and short.
Cute watercolor-style illustrations are abundant.
The story concept is cute, as it can be relatable for children who have a grandmother living with them.
Unique, cute concept.
Limited word count would normally make this type of book an easy reader, but large words make this a read-to me book instead.
Overall, this is a cute, quick read for parents of little kids.
We recommend this for parents to read to children under 5.
It can be discombobulating for all involved when a grandma moves in permanently. Fortunately, our narrator has gone through it and has LOTS of tips on how to make your grandma feel at home.
In a story filled with humor, confusion and moments of sweetness, Jennifer Mook-Sang introduces us to a delightful family dynamic and a grandma who doesn’t really need the help settling in but appreciates it anyway. As Grandma goes about her days, her well-meaning granddaughter sees her caring for her plants, and makes sure that Grandma is getting the proper care too.
YONG LING KANG is a freelance illustrator raised in Singapore and currently living in Toronto. She has worked in animation studios and a publishing company and has illustrated picture books including Rodney Was a Tortoise, Tanna's Owl and This House Is Home.
"Immediately establishing a tongue-in-cheek tone, Mook-Sang’s wry take on how an East Asian-presenting family adjusts when Grandma moves in is . . . a homey, humorous take on two figures establishing routines in a shared habitat." —Publishers Weekly
"[F]ull of ironic, humorous moments, both in the text and the illustrations. . . . The Care and Keeping of Grandmas will appeal to families and will be especially useful for those with relatives making that transition." —CM Reviews
"[A] moving depiction of the unique relationship of elderly grandparents to their youngest family members. The minimalist text demonstrates how sometimes words are barely necessary." —Imaginary Elevators
"The Care and Keeping of Grandmas does a great job explaining to children how grandmas need time to adjust when moving to a new place. . . . [A] heartfelt reminder that our elderly deserve just as much love and care as anyone else." —Young Adulting
"The Care and Keeping of Grandmas is truly a heartfelt and beautiful story with just a dash of humor along the way. . . . [It] can be hard to adjust in a multi-generational home. But with some love, patience and a bit of care, it is truly possible to make it work." —Momma Braga
"You can't do better than reading along with the narrator of this warm and engaging tale about a young girl who puts her heart into making Grandma comfy in her new home. . . . [E]nchanting ink and watercolour pictures by illustrator Yong Ling Kang provide unusual depth to this picture book.” —Oakville News
"[This] book offers a sweet, gentle primer on how to deal with the sudden arrival of a grandparent into the family midst." —Quill & Quire
"[E]xplores multigenerational families using a mix of humour and heart-warming sweetness." —Quebec Library Association